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The Sound Mind Collective Presents:
Uplift! Brooklyn: A Concert Benefiting Exalt

Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Bell House
Empowering NYC’s Youth

Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia
Feat. The London Souls, The Nth Power, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party,
& Revel In Dimes

6pm Happy Hour/ 7pm Doors /  8pm Show;  $17 adv/ $20dos
A benefit for Exalt. Elevating expectations for youth.

149 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11215

BROOKLYN, NY — The Sound Mind Collective Presents: Uplift! Brooklyn: A Concert Benefiting Exalt and Empowering NYC’s Youth. The event is hosted by comedian Carolyn Castiglia and features music with The London Souls, The Nth Power, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party, & Revel In Dimes. It takes place at The Bell House on Friday, October 20th. Doors at 7pm. Please join us for an evening of engagement and musical performance to raise money for Exalt Youth NYC! Come early for a Happy Hour with complimentary beer from Lagunitas from 6pm until doors at 7pm.

exaltyouth.jpgExalt elevates expectations of personal success for youth ages 15-19 who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system. Their mission statement is, “We inspire youth at a critical crossroads to believe in their worth, from the first steps in contemplation through the journey to create lasting behavioral change. Our powerful combination of structured classes for tangible skill development, individualized support to navigate the education and justice systems, placement in paid internships and an alumni network of resources equips youth with the tools and experience to avoid further criminal justice system involvement. At exalt, we empower youth to see a future filled with hope – and we provide the road map to get there.”

static1.squarespace.com.jpgSound Mind Collective is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY founded in the Spring of 2017 by Katherine Powell (manager, The Nth Power), Chris St. Hilaire (musician, The London Souls) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (musician, Antibalas). They state, “Our aim is to connect independent musicians and artists with our local communities in order to encourage meaningful positive growth in education, social justice, and creation.”

Sound Mind Collective is also focused on providing resources for independent musicians and creators in areas of basic business management, with the greater intention of strengthening the music community in ways that are more socially conscious and self-sustaining in the face of an increasingly corporate music industry.

“Our goals rely on the development of a community,” says Nikhil, “So whether you are a Brooklyn musician, a music lover, an activist or someone simply looking to get more involved in music culture, we’d love to be in contact with you to see how we could work together and to keep you informed of upcoming events– feel free to drop us a line at thesoundmindcollective@gmail.com.

Further information about Sound Mind Collective at www.thesoundmindcollective.org and about exalt Youth at www.exaltyouth.org.

About the performers:

The London Souls
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.

The Nth Power
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

The quartet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Nevilles New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Brown’s Body perfectly compliments Singer and Guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Finally rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J Mell Smith who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.

Qaasim and the Juggernaut War Party
Enter the Juggernaut! Founded by frontman Qaasim Middleton (American Idol, Naked Brothers Band, HBO’s Music In Me, Netflix’s “The Get Down, FX “Atlanta”) Juggernaut War Party is quite a collective, consisting of Qaasim, (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Khalil (vocals, MPC), lead guitarists Jonah Hudson, Emmet Sher and Joseph Deadwiley, drummer Andres Valbuena, keyboardists Jack Gruber, Tyjhai Stephens and Francisco Haye, with Ethan Cohn and Paul Johnson on bass.

You may remember Qaasim from his awesome run on American Idol Season 14, when he performed with Chris Brown and Pitbull and was lavished with praise from J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban. However, After returning from Idol, The Juggernaut War Party concept was birthed at AFROPUNK BATTLE OF THE BANDS BROOKLYN, on June 22nd, 2015, when Qaasim and his bandmates entered the contest to showcase their skills and original Funk/Rock/HipHop/Soul fusion material. They did extremely well for a brand new group, making it to the very end, eliminated in the Finals. This year, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party came back with a vengeance! They entered the AFROPUNK BROOKLYN BATTLE once again, and won the online voting round and the preliminary round, and came back again to win Runner-ups in the finals and, thus, won a spot to perform live on stage in this year’s Afro Punk Festival!! What a feat well-deserved!! They are back with even MORE vengeance to TAKE the TITLE and win the throne of The BOTB’s with hopes of capturing a FEATURED spot, once again, on the AfroPunk Stages..but THiS TIME as WINNERS!! This group will absolutely delight you with music that will touch your heart and soul!!

Revel In Dimes
If the delta blues gave birth to yet another slew of gold records why wasn’t anyone dancing?

After each gig as hired guns in too many New York City bands, this is the question that Eric Simons (guitar) and Washington “Washy” Duke (drums) found themselves asking. Their answer involved meditating over juke rhythms from Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside and covering their tracks with electrified Charlie Patton riffs.

When Kia Warren saw them play for the first time – two guys covering T. Model Ford at full volume on a Sunday at the Surf Lodge in Montauk – their live set stopped her in her tracks. Amid the grooves, there was grittiness to their music that her roots in Gospel and R&B hadn’t yet given her the opportunity to explore. She convinced them on the spot to let her join on vocals for a few tracks, and Revel In Dimes was born.

Multi-instrumentalist Chris “Premo” Waller (bass) joined shortly after picking up an unsolicited “seeking bass player” call. A veteran of New York City’s vast underground music circuit, Waller’s experience playing everything from hardcore punk, to soul, to psychedelic rock enabled him to bring a groove to even the most frenetic jams.

Together, Revel In Dimes is a band that knows where it came from, but refuses to follow the same routes as its contemporaries to get where it’s going. And like the best blues, their music can’t be explained so much as it must be felt.

Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian known for her hilarious riffing and crowd work, wild storytelling, and her incredible ability to freestyle rap. Carolyn has appeared on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, NBC, WE TV, Lifetime, FYI, Food Network, and more. She was featured nightly as Nick Mom’s “ultimate sports mom,” and she is a frequent guest commentator on HLN.

She’s also the host and creator of the Live Talk show, Right Now! With Carolyn Castiglia, which ran at the slipper room and Union Hall in New York City, and has aired on Bric TV.

Carolyn regularly performs all over New York, at renowned venues like Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, Ars Nova, UCB, The Creek and the Cave, The Pit, The Bell House, and Littlefield, in addition to various bars and clubs. Internationally, she has performed at the comedy cafe in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fringe review publication Three Eeeks said, “Carolyn Castiglia was the funniest female comedian I’ve seen at The Fringe.”

Hy bender of Hy Reviews says, “Carolyn Castiglia is one of the sharpest, quickest, and funniest comics in NYC. If you haven’t seen Carolyn on stage, you oughta.” Before she died, comedy legend Joan Rivers called Carolyn “hysterical.” So now Carolyn can die happy, too.

Find out more and get tickets at www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1561756-uplift-brooklyn-concert-brooklyn. People can also find the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/669569393240837/.


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